The Ministry of Finance has opposed the dismissal of its 59 employees by the Presidential Palace, calling it an act in contravention of the law.
President Ghani on Nov. 16 sacked 59 officials of the ministry, including some from key positions and head of the human resources of the Ministry of Finance.
The ministry in a letter signed by Finance Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal has asked the dismissed officials to continue their duties until hiring new candidates for the posts.
“These employees of the Ministry of Finance weren’t hired in contrast to the law. We have given the necessary clarification about the report that was related to the Ministry of Finance,” said Shamroz Khan Masjidi, spokesman for the Ministry of Finance.
The Presidential Palace did not comment on the matter.
Watchdog institutions said the disagreements between the Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Palace will affect reforms.
“Political rivalries and hostilities between the institutions have misled the reform agenda in the Ministry of Finance. The president needs to swiftly intervene to help pave the way for reforms,” said Nasir Taimoori, a researcher at Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA).
“The appointments in the Ministry of Finance are still taking place in contradiction to the law. The five principles that we have in our appointment agenda, none of them have been implemented,” said Abdul Rauf Enami, a lawmaker.